Kao-Kniffin Lab at Cornell University

Below-ground ecology of invasive plants and weeds

Research in the Kao-Kniffin lab focuses on the belowground ecology and management of weedy and invasive plants.

Invasive plants and weeds are prevalent in managed and natural landscapes, and have been shown to alter terrestrial ecosystem processes. We are examining the underlying microbial-based mediation of plant traits that impact ecosystem function.

We are broadly interested in three areas of research:

  • Selection of rhizosphere microbiomes that modulate plant traits
  • Identifying novel biosynthetic compounds from rhizosphere microorganisms contributing to plant growth or inhibition
  • Assembly of plant-microbial communities that enhance ecosystem services

Learn more about the Kao-Kniffin Lab

Ecosystems of Plant Roots and Soils - Jenny Kao-Kniffin applies evolutionary methods to constructing plants’ soil microbiome—to control weeds, yield more seeds—increasing crop production. Learn more in this Cornell Research and Innvation article.

Contact the lab

Dr. Jenny Kao-Kniffin
Associate Professor
128 Academic Surge A
Ithaca, NY 14853
jtk57 [at] cornell.edu (jtk57[at]cornell[dot]ed)
(607) 255-8886

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